Obama & Wife Labeled as Terrorists

14 07 2008

With portrait of Osama Bin Laden in the Oval office, American flag is roasting in the fire place, Michelle Obama with AK-47 rifle on back and the presumptuous president Barack Obama wearing Taliban attire shown fist-japing each other. This is a portrayal of the Obamas by New Yorker Magazine and some people think it ain’t funny.

This is the kind of joke that one would expect from Fox News. or Conservative National Reviews. But on New Yorker ? C’mon.. that’s not what the magazine is all about. It’s like a slap on face for the mag’s subscribers who are predominantly Democrats. There are probably cartoons like this went unnoticed daily in many media outlets; but it is off mark for a major magazine to use such satiric picture as its issue cover.

Although the New Yorker’s editor, David Remnick, views the picture as sarcasm, tagged “Politics of Fear.” But Obama supporters are fuming and it was reported that “John McCain’s campaign joined the Obamanians in protesting: “We [McCain camp] completely agree with Obama campaign that it’s tasteless and offensive.” Personally, I think that is very kind of McCain’ people to condemn such portrayal.

Even though I am  not rooting for Obama , I found it disturbing to portray his wife in terrorist imagery. New Yorker is a respected and one of my favorite magazines. I am disappointed by this image of distortions.  Actually the magazine was sort of rooting for Obama before and now he is being tagged as a flip-flopper, which might be true but not with a pic that gives reciprocal effect on the real story. BTW, this  is not the first time the magazine pull this kind of satire; few years ago, its cover portrayed Monica Lewinsky as Mona Lisa.

Quote of the day:

“Hypocrisy and distortion are passing currents under the name of religion” —- Gandhi

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2 responses

16 07 2008
jackie & Ben

It is unfortunate that “supposed intellectuals” resort to such measures. It is a reflection of their ignorance & inability to accept change and to move away from “racially motivated expressions & ephithet’s. Change is happening and it is happening now. The use of stupid rhetoric will and can not stop this movement.

17 07 2008
Mak Ossa

@jackie & Ben:
“supposed intellectuals” , you’re right on that. It’s funny how some renowned media outlets sometimes act like ‘London tabloids.’ It wouldn’t be a big deal if some thing like this pop in New York Post. ….But for N Yorker, this is off beat.

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